Jonah 4New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 4 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew […]

JONAH 3 2:11: And God spoke to the fish so that it spewed Jonah on to the shore. 3:1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah set out and […]

JONAH CHAPTER 1 The Lord’s word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: 2 “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come to my attention.” 3 So Jonah got up—to flee to Tarshish from the Lord! He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed […]

Regular readers will have followed my reading of the book of Ruth, a subtle short story which brings down all sectarian and racial identity in favour of an identity based on human need and affection, which honours the creator God. It casts a critical light on the  books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The traditional kind of […]

Ruth 4New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA) The Marriage of Boaz and Ruth 4 No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said, ‘Come over, friend; sit down here.’ And he went over and sat down. 2 […]

RUTH Chapter 3 Then Na′omi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek a home for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now is not Bo′az our kinsman, with whose maidens you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, […]

RUTH Chapter 2 17 So she gleaned in the field until evening; then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up and went into the city; she showed her mother-in-law what she had gleaned, and she also brought out and gave her […]

Ruth chapter 2 Now Na′omi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a man of wealth, of the family of Elim′elech, whose name was Bo′az. 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Na′omi, “Let me go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And […]

RUTH 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the […]

  I have just completed a reading of the first letter of John, which I started in bible blog 1958 and can be read in its entirety from my archive. I’ve just done that myself – to savour my genius as it were – and made the shameful discovery that it is full of contradictions. […]